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The Four Horsemen

By: Richard Dawkins,Sam Harris,Daniel C. Dennett,Christopher Hitchens,Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry,Richard Dawkins,Daniel C. Dennett,Sam Harris,Christopher Hitchens
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Four Horsemen by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. With a foreword by Stephen Fry. 

Known as the ‘four horsemen’ of New Atheism, these four big thinkers of the 21st century met only once. Their electrifying examination of ideas on this remarkable occasion was intense and wide-ranging. Everything that was said as they agreed and disagreed with one another, interrogated ideas and exchanged insights - about religion and atheism, science and sense - speaks with urgency to our present age.

Questions they asked of each other included: Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? Are there any truths you would rather not know? Would you want to see the end of faith?

The dialogue was recorded and is presented here with new introductions from the surviving three horsemen. 

With a sparkling introduction from Stephen Fry, it makes essential listening for all their admirers and for anyone interested in exploring the tensions between faith and reason.

©2019 Richard Dawkins (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Loved it but

Should be much much longer. I only gave it 4 stars for performance because the length of the book just doesn't cut it, it leaves you wanting more. Great book, well worth a download. RIP Christopher Hitchens.

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Too short for $15.

You will enjoy this conversation if you have read their work. I will say however, you'd be better off finding YouTube videos on these men than spending you money here.

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Insightful

Brilliant to see how mature conversationalists can have an unmediated discussion about topics that they are passionate about, and yet maintain respect and genuine interest in each other’s opinions.

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Stimulating, intelligent, honest and passionate

Loved it. I only wish it was possible for another edition. R.I.P Christopher Hitchens.
The interplay of these 4 like-minded but interestingly different intellects is fascinating

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Athiestism can only exist if it has something to oppose.

The four participants are well educated and some have an amazing command of the English language.
Some appear to love the sound of their own voices.
Whilst they challenge the Jesus story and other biblical stories and frankly some are very shallow they choose to ignore the principles and morals.
These are the essential elements of Christianity.
Even the confirmed atheists are happy to live and benefit under the umbrella of Christianity.
I did not pick up the key elements of Athietism. Just continual criticism of Christianity.
Are they promoting law of the jungle as means of living. If so they will be the first devoured.
I am no better, I suppose, happy to live with the benefits of Christianity but not practice. Perhaps my early exposure to Christianity prepared me for life.
Like democracy, Christianity may not be perfect, but it is streets ahead of any alternative.

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Excellent pow wow

I miss Hitch. Maybe Stephen Fry can fill in for him?
I wonder how different the discussion would be if they did a reboot today?

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Ego Trip

I kept asking myself what the purpose of the conversation was, and concluded that the whole time was spent as an egotistical exercise.
There was an absence of enquiry from each other, and nothing of substance was said.
It was a big disappointment for me, as I wanted to learn
from these experts.

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Meh

It was ok, but very short for full price or credit if you're listening to this via audible.. anything under 3hrs long should be cheaper than the same price as an 18hr long listen..

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Exactly what I expected it to be

Four very intelligent men come together to discuss a topic I'm passionate about. What more can I ask?

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Eye opening and balanced discussion of ideas.

Eye opening and balanced discussion of ideas. The gentlemen discuss the pros and cons of religion, with honest acceptance of what they do and don't know.

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